SAN ANTONIO - The 2nd-ranked Texas A&M soccer team fell on the short side of 2-1 decision to the 10th-ranked Texas Longhorns in front of 3,249 fans in Sunday’s title match of the 2007 Big 12 Soccer Championship at the Blossom Soccer Stadium.
“We were upset that we spotted them a goal early,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “You just can’t spot a team a goal in the first minute of the game when they are such solid defensive side. We outshot Texas 33-8 and then lose on two restarts. It is one of the unfortunate, ugly facts of our game, that you can lose games like that. Hats off to Texas, they packed in enough people in the box that we couldn’t get in behind them. Kasey Moore was dangerous twice and made us pay.”
It was only a minute into the match when an Aggie misclear earned Texas a corner kick from the far right side. Kasey Moore connected with Emily Anderson in the box to take a 1-0 lead that would last through the first half.
Even though Texas had the lead, A&M pounded a defensively packed Longhorn side of the field and keeper Diana Pfenninger, forcing her to make four saves off 13 shots in the first period alone. The Aggie backline tightened the reigns holding UT to just four shots in the first 45 minutes.
With 37:10 on the clock, A&M keeper Kristin Arnold came off her line, deep into the 18-yard box, beating the ball away to keep Kelsey Carpenter from having an open look at the goal.
Senior Amy Berend had two scoring opportunities fall mute for the Aggies as Pfenninger was able to wrap up the shots for two of her four saves in the first half.
Early in the second period, the Aggies committed a foul in the midfield that resulted in a free kick for the Longhorns. Texas was able to take a 2-0 lead as Pfenninger logged an assist sending a long ball into the box for Moore to put away.
The Aggies continued to hammer the ball at the goal posting an additional 20 shots in the second half, again holding Texas to just four chances.
In the 60th minute Melissa Garey received a pass on the near sideline and lined a shot that sailed just wide right. Just three minutes later Garey found herself in the same situation having a cross from Ashlee Pistorius fall at her feet, this time Garey positioned herself to blast the ball by a diving Pfenninger into the right side netting. The goal brought A&M within one goal of tying the match.
A&M used the momentum from Garey’s goal to keep pressuring the Texas defensive line. In the remainder of the match, A&M built a flurry of attacks that resulted in 13 shots and save after save by Pfenninger. The UT keeper totaled 10 on the afternoon.
With the win Texas moves to 14-3-5 on the season and earns an automatic bid into the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The Aggies fall to 17-3-2 and return to College Station to await the announcing of the 64-team Women's College Cup bracket.
All Tournament Team
GK: Dianna Pfenninger, Texas
D: Kasey Moore, Texas
D: Amy Berend, Texas A&M
D: Brittany Harrison, Texas Tech
M: Yolanda Odenyo, Oklahoma State
M: Kristin Andrighetto, Missouri
M: Michelle Collins, Missouri
F: Elisabeth Jones, Texas A&M
F: Ashlee Pistorius, Texas A&M
F: Kelsey Carpenter, Texas
Offensive MVP: Dianna Pfenninger, Texas
Defensive MVP: Kasey Moore, Texas